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Establish a Consistent Approach for Horizontal Jumps!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ken Brauman Jr., Seminole High School (Florida) track & field coach and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team head manager, shows you how to help athletes gain a more consistent approach. Coach Brauman uses a relay zone on the track to measure where his athletes’ takeoff point is before moving to the runway.


Drill Summary: Go to a relay zone on the track and have the athlete put both of their feet on the zone line. Next, the athlete takes a step back away from their mark with their jumping foot. The coach stands at the end of the relay zone and counts the number of strides the athlete takes to sprint past the coach. On each rep, the coach marks where the takeoff point was for the athlete. Use multiple reps to establish a consistent takeoff point, then move to the runway.


This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at!

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Work on Horizontal Jump Landings and Jump Mechanics!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

USC assistant coach Michael Pullins uses the “Standing Landing Drill with a Hurdle” for two main reasons. First, coaches can observe the athlete’s jumping form; second, the athlete can practice landings on horizontal jumps. This is one of many drills that USC runners turned Olympians keep in their training routines after college.

Standing Landing Drill with a Hurdle

Drill Summary: Set up with one hurdle on its side at the beginning of the sand pit and another one upright, about five feet before it on the runway. Athletes start behind the upright hurdle. To begin, the athlete jumps over the upright hurdle and lands between it and the hurdle on its side. After landing the first jump, the athlete immediately jumps again over the second hurdle into the sand pit. Coaches can alter the drill to add as many hurdles as they want before the final jump.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Arm activity.
2) Balance.
3) Posture.
4) Landing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “25 Tips & Drills for Coaching Horizontal Jumps.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Plyometric Drills that can Increase Your Horizontal Jumps!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 24, 2014

Ken Brauman was the 2012 US Olympic Team Head Manager and you can learn horizontal jump drills from him in this series of plyometric jumps requiring little or no equipment. These drills are a must for those who are looking for some basic plyometric drills that show the drill in detail and explain how and why to do them.

Plyometric Drill Sequence

Drill 1: The first drill is called continuous hopping and requires the athlete to hop a set distance on a single leg. This drill is shown using the takeoff leg only but could easily be expanded to both legs to develop balance and coordination.

Drill 2: The second drill is a common warm up bounding drill. The plus here is that we see video and hear commentary describing ideal athlete leg and arm position during the drill.

Drill 3: The sequence is finished with the alternate triple jump drill where the first two drills are combined to produce a dynamic coordination drill that could be used for not only jumpers but with all athletes in your program.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Discover other great Long Jump & Triple Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!

Phenomenal Horizontal Jump Drills to Increase Your Distance!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, February 22, 2013

2011 Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track Coaches Association,  Jim Vanhootegem, walks you through unique multi jump drills that are great for both jumpers and sprinters. As a member of NCAA Championship Coaching staffs,Coach Vanhootegem,  helps you develop coordination, elastic strength, posture, and ground force production as well as plyometric development.

In the baby bound series it is important to pay attention to the movement of the raised leg.  Also, make sure to do these drills off of both legs.

View an additional clip from Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Horizontal Jumps.  See what other Long Jump DVDs we have in our world class Track & Field DVD collection!

Great Training Tips to Add Distance to Your Long Jumps!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, October 22, 2012

See some excellent drills that will increase the distance of your long jump with Kansas State University Director of Track & Field, Cliff Rovelto.  Coach Rovelto is also a 7x Team USA staff member and has his demonstrator show you various exercises using hurdles.  This information will help you improve your build up to the long jump take off and allow you to generate the most amount of force possible.

This clip begins with Mini Hurdle Drills.  You need to focus on getting your knees up high and your hands by the hips. Next, you will see Straight Leg Hops and Lateral Straight Leg Hops that allow you to work on applying quick force to the ground and increase hip strength.  Lastly, watch demonstration of Regular Hurdle Hops.  Make sure to bring your knees to the chest when jumping over the hurdle.

Check out an additional clip from the product page of “Mega Drills for the Horizontal Jumps.”  See high quality Long Jump DVDs and other Track & Field DVDs from our huge video library!


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